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Old 06-03-2013, 10:10 AM   #1
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Default Peoples Choice Ribs?

Howdy Folks,
I've got an upcoming competition that is going to feature a "Peoples Choice Ribs" category. I've done Peoples Choice Wings before, not a problem. I've done Peoples Choice Pulled Pork, once again not a problem. Peoples Choice Ribs... Problem!
Cooking ribs for a BBQ Judge, we do that all the time. We know the tenderness criteria.
However cooking Ribs for the General Public, I don't know. Thanks to places like Chile's and TG Fridays, most people expect ribs that "Fall off the bone." (I feel dirty just typing it.) So my question is this: Knowing that the ribs are going to the "General Public" and NOT a BBQ Judge. Would you recommend slightly overcooking the ribs to give people the "Fall off the bone" that they will be expecting?

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Old 06-03-2013, 10:20 AM   #2
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Old 06-03-2013, 10:28 AM   #3
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Old 06-03-2013, 10:32 AM   #4
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umm who are you cooking for?

cook for your judges whomever they may be.

Public and me overcook them...
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Old 06-03-2013, 10:34 AM   #5
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I agree, we over cook them. Put alot of sauce on them too. People's choice = sauce contest.
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Old 06-03-2013, 10:58 AM   #6
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You would be foolish not to overcook them.
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Old 06-03-2013, 12:12 PM   #7
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+1 said above. Sanctioned cooks; cook to the sanctioning bodies' standard. FYI: across them, there are many differing standards; KCBS is certainly one of them...

I'd have it perfectly tender and right to the point of falling off the bone, but not. That's very similar to MBN's "pull cleanly from the bone with only slight resistance" definition, by the way...
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Old 06-03-2013, 01:01 PM   #8
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overcook them. but not to the point where they can't be sliced. don't ask me how i know.....
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Old 06-03-2013, 07:25 PM   #9
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Originally Posted by Granny's Gang Barbeque View Post
Would you recommend slightly overcooking the ribs to give people the "Fall off the bone" that they will be expecting?

Overcook them A LOT, not just slightly. You should be able to pull the meat from the bone with no resistance using 2 fingers. If you can pick up the rib bone and pull it out without the meat moving, that's probably still OK.

We did that one year in Troy and over 50% of the people that tried them voted for us. (Of course we didn't realize it's also a volume game. We just cooked the provided case, and got buried by people cooking 8 cases - something else to keep in mind. You can also buy tickets and vote for yourself, or pool the ribs from 5-6 teams together to get the volume up. All of these tricks are why we don't do people's choice much anymore.)
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Old 06-03-2013, 10:25 PM   #11
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Pull apart, fall off the bone, saucy and sweet!
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Old 06-03-2013, 10:42 PM   #12
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Don't compete in Peoples Choice to win. You will be disappointed. Do it for whatever fundraiser they are doing it for. If you get something its a bonus.

I'd like to add that a well cooked rib taken just too far will yield the same tenderness as a fall off the bone rib and offer a better eat. Don't purposefully try to crush them or you will

Oh and don't bother with the foil you will never want to do it again.
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Old 06-04-2013, 01:06 AM   #13
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You have to overcook them...dont bother with foiling each one.. just place as many racks in a foil pan that will fit, add some apple juice, foil the pan real tight and back to the cooker until they are falling off the bone.

.. when you slice them, put them back in a pan sliced and pour the sauce over the sauced ribs.. and cover them till your ready to serve.
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Old 06-04-2013, 10:11 PM   #14
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In all seriousness, overcooking is a must. In addition, stick to flavor profiles that the general public can get ahold of. Common sauces and rubs that you can get in your local supermarket may score better than obscure ingredients ordered from a specialty BBQ site on the Internet.
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Old 06-04-2013, 10:23 PM   #15
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Yes and by the way fall off the bone is not over cooked.
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